Our song is crossing borders

Click here for the lead sheet with lyrics.

We told you earlier about our children’s song The 5 Basics, co-written by Roger and Dan. People from all over are interested in singing it.

Today sheet music was sent to Unity of Mississaugua, just outside Toronto, making our music international. Thank you Mary, for your interest.

2012 emPower Posi Music Festival

2012 is starting out on a high note for songwriters Dan Johnson and Roger Tomhave. Two of their songs were honored by emPower Posi Music. They performed the songs, Spirit Flow and Calling All the Children Home as well as other original positive songs at various venues within the music conference, including the main stage, late night pajama jams and song circles.

Sound Connections New Thought Music Conference

Well, SoCo ’11 is over and it was a great one. They just keep getting better. Spirits were high as old friends reunited and new long term friendships were easily made.

I started the trip by arriving two days early, so I could visit Rev Sheryl Myers and provide special music for her church, Unity of the Heartland in Olathe, Kansas. Erin stayed home, so it was a solo gig for me. But luckily for me, Sheryl is a great singer, so she helped me on a few songs and we sang a song that she and I wrote with Rev Eileen Goor, several years ago called Open, Empty, Ready to Receive.

It was blazing hot with swampy humidity in the midwest, just like it’s been in DC, but that didn’t keep anyone down. A couple of us found refuge in the Unity Village pool, which was awesome. Roger Tomhave and I led a song circle the first night, which was a great ice breaker. One highlight was when Karen Taylor-Good was presented with the 2011 Grace Note Award. Another was the concert with Megon McDonough, Jan Garrett and JD Martin.

More photos to come.

3 little news treats

Soulpajamas - Reaching for the Sun CD cover

1. We finally have the new CD in our greasy little hands

OK, this is actually really big news to us. Our new CD, Reaching for the Sun, has been available online (for listening and downloading) for several months now, but it has not been available in good old-fashioned physical form (CD) until this week. You can get one at a gig and if you’re really anxious, just email us and we’ll ship you one immediately. CDs are available for purchase online now at CD Baby and at Bandcamp.

Meanwhile, you can listen to the whole thing for free at our bandcamp site and download any or all.

2. SoCo ’11

Sound Connections, here I come. Without Erin, I will be venturing to Lee’s Summit, MO (or Unity Village, to be precise), where I will hob nob with all my fellow musicians in the Positive Music and New Thought Music worlds. This year I’m going to go for broke by joining the Unity World Choir. I’ll also be sharing the songs from the new CD whenever possible, and listening to lots of great live music by songwriters and musicians from around the world.

3. Top songwriting honors

My co-writer Roger Tomhave and I won a ‘top honor’ in the Indie International Songwriting Contest for our song Calling All the Children Home. Yea!
Listen to it here.

Who put the soul in Soulpajamas?

For two years, we’ve been writing and recording songs for the new CD, due out in Dec or January at the latest. I promise.

Now that we’re near completion, we noticed a definite trend to the funky. Roger and I penned several songs that fall into the funk genre (albeit with positive, even spiritual lyrics). That means toe-tapping, hip-swaying old school dance music. We were inspired by Faith Rivera, Harold Payne and others. So although you’ll hear jazzy ballads and introspective songs, you’ll also get the chance to get up and boogie. Or bust a move. Or whatever they call it these days.

Stay tuned for more details on the release of the new Soulpajamas CD, Reaching for the Sun. Maybe we should have called it Reaching for the Funk.

Meanwhile, you might want to check out our karaoke CD. It’s our first CD, Dreaming a New Reality, without the voices, so you can sing it yourself. It makes a perfect stocking stuffer and a companion to the full CD.

To get regular updates, no more than once a month (but let’s get real, we’re lucky if we can send one every quarter), shoot us an email at dan@soulpajamas.com or sign up on our old website, http://www.soulpajamas.com

Dan and Erin (and co-writers/unofficial Soulpajamas Roger and Carole Tomhave)